Brooklyn Engagement Photographer

Nicole + Eric

What in the world took me so long to blog this one?! A couple of months back I had the honor of flying out to join Nicole + Eric, not just in their home; but in their neighborhood, at their favorite brunch spot, and their favorite donut shop.

It's shoots like this that are the reason why I always push my clients to pick locations and ideas for their engagement sessions that aren't just a pretty place. Let's shoot somewhere that means something to you, that defines who you are, that signifies where you're at in this very point in your life. Nicole and Eric get married back home in Michigan later this year, but Brooklyn is home right now, and it couldn't have been more perfect to join them (and their ridiculous smiles) right in that very spot.

Lexie + Trevor

I've been sitting here with the cursor blinking at me for what seems like forever. Blink. Blink. Blink. Words still aren't coming to me. Below is a wedding that means to me way more than words can describe. I honestly wish I could just take all of you there, even if just for a few moments. Each and every wedding I photograph is so individually special and perfect and beautiful to me; but every so often a couple, and a venue, and a locale, and their friends and family will stop you dead in your tracks. This was that wedding. You probably remember Alexis and Trevor from our super short, but ridiculously beautiful Brooklyn engagement session a couple of months back. They were nervous as all get out, but I still made them take pictures with me, and I'm so glad we did. The wedding day rolls around, I had arrived in New Orleans just a couple of days earlier and had spent my time exploring with my little family, stuffing my face with beignets, and listening to street musicians in the French Quarter for what seemed like hours at a time. We had a touch of rain in the morning, no problem, I figured. Turns out, it wasn't. It stopped just minutes before we were to get off the bus to take some portraits. There's just so many bits and pieces I wish I could gush about this day for hours a time, but I guess I'll just have to save that for another time. We're talking beautiful sun peaking through the clouds, Spanish moss hanging off of seemingly every tree in sight, a gorgeous ceremony venue surrounded by ridiculously cool family members and friends. Then there was the reading. Rather than a poem or some scripture, Trevor and Alexis opted to have their friends read snippets of their GChat conversations from some six or seven years earlier, before they were even dating. People were rolling in their seats for a good ten minutes. It was so indescribably "them."

There was just so much here. So much to see. So much beauty. So much love and happiness. The music was in the air from three different extremely talented bands, and everyone was there to have as much fun as they could possibly muster. The "Second Line" through the streets following dinner en route to dancing was one of the most magical things I've had the opportunity to photograph (and just maybe caused me to shed a tear or twelve behind my camera...I was just humid?). Just so, so much goodness. My dreams. An additional defining moment in this beautiful art form I get to call a job.

So sit back, drink some coffee, and come along with me to the beautiful land known as NOLA. This post is a doozy, but I promise it'll be well worth it.

New Orleans, LA :: 10.11.14

Preparation Venue :: Roosevelt Hotel

Ceremony Venue :: Audubon Park

Dinner Venue :: Arnaud's and French75

Dancing Venue :: New Orleans House of Blues

Planning :: Mint Julep Productions

Brass Band :: Kinfolk Brass Band

Reception Band :: Ask the Thomas Bros.

Second Shooter :: Ben Hood

Lexie + Trevor

These two. Some of the coolest cats I've gotten the chance to hang out with as of late. They're getting married today in New Orleans and I couldn't be happier to be here to celebrate with them. Thankfully, a couple of weeks ago I was in Brooklyn for another wedding and we got to meet up in-person and walk around their amazing DUMBO neighborhood for a quick 20-Minute engagement session. They were SO nervous, and in their years of dating have hardly any photos together. I had to show them they had nothing to worry about, and they completely rocked it. So Lexie + Trevor, huge freaking congratulations on this amazing day. Let's making some NOLA magic.